Surprise your mom (or any special lady in your life!) with Strawberry Dark Chocolate Pancakes in bed this weekend. This classic pancake recipe, topped with fresh strawberries and melted dark chocolate, is the way to start her day the best way this weekend, whether it’s Mother’s Day or a regular weekend.
Mother’s Day is this weekend!
High-five to all the mamas out there for the awesome job they’re doing with their kiddos.
Being a mom isn’t always easy, but it’s totally worth it. And I think y’all are doing a fabulous job, so keep on keepin’ on, mamas. You rock!
I realize it’s strange that I’ve made us a special dish for Mother’s Day considering this year is my first Mother’s Day.
Honestly, I couldn’t resist thinking about what we did for my mom when I was a kid. It usually involved some kind of baking that occasionally ended in a minor disaster. Our hearts were in the right place, even if we didn’t read the recipe correctly. They also usually involved the best chocolate-covered strawberries from the best chocolate shop in town.
And then I started thinking about what I’d want to eat the morning of my first Mama’s Day. While we currently have no plans that I know of, I hope it’s a relaxing day, complete with quality family time, a long walk with our baby and furkid, a schmoopy movie and lots of laughter.
Confession: I made these the weekend of my due date in the hopes I could tempt Lady Baby into the outside world with pancakes.
While she seemed to be perfectly fine with them, she wasn’t budging, and I ended up gorging myself just in case she decided to come later that day. For energy, you know. Kind of like carbing up before a race, even though women should carb up the week before a race because carbing up the day before isn’t as effective. (Laaaaaame, right?)
And even though having a baby is not like running a race, except for the fact that it takes a long time and requires endurance of the mental and physical varieties.
Since I wanted it to be over-the-top that weekend, hoping this would be my final meal pre-baby, I added strawberries to my stack of pancakes… then drizzled melted dark chocolate on top of both for good measure.
My husband was horrified at my decadence, but I wasn’t deterred.
And these pancakes are as good as they look. And you don’t even need syrup!
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- Essentials: A nonstick skillet.
- Get the look: Skyros Designs Historia Salad/Dessert Plates. Crisa Impressions 16 piece beverage set. Oneida Countess Servingware.
The chocolate-strawberry combo is a winning one, if you ask me. Add in the fact that they’re easy to make, and you’ve got a wonderful Mother’s Day surprise breakfast.
Here’s how you can make ’em:
- 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1¼ cups milk (dairy or non-dairy work!)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, melted
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together until incorporated. Set aside.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract and applesauce.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring with a plastic spatula until just combined. (Be careful not to overmix, as this will affect the texture of the pancakes.) Set the batter aside, and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
- While the batter is resting, heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Grease the pan lightly with butter or cooking spray.
- Dollop the pancakes onto the preheated skillet once the batter has rested and the pan is hot.
- When several bubbles have formed on the surface, flip the pancakes, and cook through. Repeat until all batter has been made into pancakes.
- Top with the strawberries, then drizzle with the melted chocolate. Enjoy warm!
This recipe can easily be made vegan, too. Use a vegan egg substitute (a flax egg or white vinegar/baking soda both work here, as we've tried to make these without realizing we didn't have eggs on hand), and make sure your dark chocolate chips are vegan, too.
What are your Mother’s Day plans?